Region 1 - Northern Division (Moscow)
Russia Focuses on Thwarting NATO in 2020
SF Bay Area, CA – Obstinately, NATO continues its provocative aircraft surveillance of Russia's western borders which has prompted Russia to accelerate the development of new strategic weapons. Furthermore, NATO continues to target Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran, Saudi Arabia and Libya with military aggression as it pressures Russia with economic sanctions and a military build-up in the Baltic Sea. Aggressively, Russia has completed the development of both
the Sarmat ICBM and the Avangard hypersonic missile which are now actively deployable. Moreover, the Kremlin press office released a statement saying, "The supreme commander-in-chief will formulate the basic tasks for military development and main areas of the Defense Ministry’s activity in the upcoming year."
Intensively, Russia is building its nuclear arsenal which surpasses the limits of the current START Treaty with the US. Therefore, the US and Russia are on a collision course for a new arms race as the START Treaty is due to expire in 2021.
Meanwhile, Russia's Baltic Fleet Commander Admiral Alexander Nosatov stated, "Surveillance vessels belonging to Western countries permanently remain near areas where the Baltic Fleet conducts training. The number of flights that surveillance aircraft carried out along our land and sea borders has exceeded 800 this year, compared to 578 in 2018. The number of flights conducted by war planes has doubled, exceeding 400." Hence, the development of advanced weapon systems
has become the main focus in 2020 for Russia which overshadows NATO's Baltic build-up and forces the US into dialogue over strategic nuclear weapon systems.
Russia Broadens Military Cooperation in Iran and India
SF Bay Area, CA – Openly, Russia's Baltic Sea Fleet continues to integrate enduring military drills with Iran and India. Unfalteringly, Russia's Baltic Sea Fleet successfully deployed for the Indra-Indian multi-service force drills which involved various types of naval logistic support, anti-terror and anti-piracy situations. Strategically, the Baltic Fleet furthered its mission to include an exercise to Iran following the Indra-Russian drills. Effectively, the Baltic Fleet
added security on the Indian Ocean which offsets nearby US naval positions. Recently, the Fleet's press office stated, "The Baltic Fleet’s naval group currently continues accomplishing long-distance deployment missions and is heading for the Iranian port of Chabahar."
Precisely, the Indra-Russian drills with the Indian Navy increased readiness in anti-terror tactics which included attacking heavily armed terror cells in three of India's training areas. Distinctly, the drills finalized with a ceremony in which awards and gifts were given to select service members of Russia and India.
Steadily, Russia continues to modernize its military capabilities which accelerates military cooperation in both Iran and India. Fervently, Russian President Vladimir Putin mentioned, "The most important thing is that not only has it [the defense industry] been maintained, it is developing rapidly and efficiently with the use of the latest scientific and technological developments." Lucidly, Russia also held naval drills for the first time with Syria in the Mediterranean Sea to
expand security for ongoing regional drills. Harmoniously, Russia's Northern Fleet assisted the recent drills with the missile cruiser Marshal Ustinov as logistical support.
Russia's Navy Prepares to Receive Four Nuclear-Powered Subs
SF Bay Area, CA – Aptly, the Russia's Sevmash Shipyard is scheduled to deliver four nuclear powered submarines this year to the Navy. Resolutely, Sevmash CEO Mikhail Budnichenko indicated, "In 2020, we are due to deliver four nuclear-powered submarines to the Navy: the nuclear-powered sub Belgorod, the Project 955A strategic missile-carrying underwater cruiser Knyaz Oleg and also two Project 885M multirole nuclear-powered subs Kazan and Novosibirsk." Additionally, the Russian Navy is
scheduled to receive two two diesel-electric submarines this year one of which is serial-produced.
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Region 2 - Southern Division (Shanghai)
China Warns US Against Political Folly
SF Bay Area, CA – Politically, the US has taken a Cold War stance against China as tensions in Hong Kong, Xinjiang and Taiwan escalate with the ongoing trade war. Meanwhile, China continues to warn the US against military threats over lack of economic cooperation which is overshadowed by the impeachment of US President Donald Trump. Furthermore, it is a presidential election year in the US which
greatly impacts deteriorating US-China relations. Adamantly, spokesperson Wu Qian from China's Ministry of National Defense stated, "We urge the U.S. side to abandon its Cold War mentality and its hegemonic logic, stop interfering in China's internal affairs, not implement the China-related negative clauses, and take concrete actions to protect the overall bilateral relations and military ties."
Militarily, US spending in cyber espionage has risen which dissuades peace in the Far East and beyond. Effectively, tensions over denuclearization are igniting in North Korea with the US from past due agreements. Recently, North Korea announced the development of a new ballistic missile.
Increasingly, the impeachment of US President Donald Trump endangers trade negotiations between the US and China. Presently, President Trump faces an impeachment trial in the US Senate which illustrates the magnitude of wayward policies in the US. Tentatively, China and the US will reach a phase one deal which reduces the tit-for-tat tariffs imposed on exports. However, the newly past US Defense Act places
new obstacles for reaching a final agreement. Openly, the bill aims to expand US-Taiwan relations and cost over $738 billion. Pointlessly, the US is slow with lifting sanctions against Chinese tech giant Huawei as China agrees to buying more US agricultural products. Bluntly, the spokesperson for China's Commerce Ministry Gao Feng mentioned about the US Defense Act stating, "It goes against its advocacy of fair,
reciprocal and free trade, undermines the international trade order and endangers the global supply chain."
China Prepares To Militarily Isolate Taiwan
SF Bay Area, CA – Unfalteringly, China is preparing to isolate Taiwan from foreign military forces which adds pressure on the ailing dollar. Objectively, China is building a new dual-carrier battle group to disrupt US long-range bombers in Guam. Aggressively, China's second air craft carrier the Shandong is pairing with the Liaoning to restrict access to Taiwan while expanding China's air defense capabilities. Impressively,
the Shandong reinforces China's growing combat range with varying fighter jet missions. Presently, the Shandong is standing its place should Taiwan take military actions towards independency away from China.
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China Intensifies Military Presence in South China Sea
SF Bay Area, CA – Routinely, China rapidly deploys its PLA Navy in Hong Kong to the South China Sea which enforces its regional dominance. Likewise, China and ASEAN nations have agreed on a new Code of Conduct for the South China Sea which challenges US freedom of navigation claims. Steadily, the South China Sea is becoming a hotbed for the PLA Navy as safeguarding the prosperity of Hong Kong overshadows relations with the West. Keenly,
China has modernized its Qinzhou, a type 056 corvette, for search and rescue missions to increase its communications capacity in Hong Kong. Meanwhile, China has vowed that its PLA Navy will increase with naval assault training in Hong Kong from the South China Sea.
Particularly, the PLA Navy has expanded its presence in the South China Sea to develop its air-defense technology which exceed the capabilities of nearby US defense systems. Furthermore, the US approval for the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) demands for an increase in military spending for provisions in Taiwan.
Accordingly, Song Zhongping a Hong Kong based military analysts said about the PLA Navy's shift, "However, in order to take supreme advantage in sea and air domains, the PLA needs to coordinate not only the dual-carrier battle group, but also joint operations between different combat units, such as the rocket force, amphibious troops and other service groups." Effectively, the PLA Navy is modernizing its forces to rapidly alleviate violators of
its Code of Conduct for the South China Sea. Sensibly, Hong Kong based troops of the PLA Navy remain focus on US threats over Taiwan while assisting with the security threats from local civil unrest.
Region 3 - Eastern Division (Tehran)
Iraq Retaliates Against the US over Iran
SF Bay Area, CA – Fervently, Iraq's President Barham Salih retaliated against recent US military air strikes on Iranian-backed soldiers based in Iraq. Insolently, the US attacked Iraq's Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) killing nearly 25 people while wounding 51 others. Bluntly, President Salih informed the US of the damaging actions which violate its security agreement in the nation. Meanwhile, Asaib Ahl al-Haq a member unit of the PMU issued a statement saying,
"Today, ending US military presence in Iraq is essential by all means necessary before it lasts any longer." Actively, the PMU has repelled US-backed Daesh militias in Iraq whereby the US accuses the nation of failing to protect US interests.
Farcically, a senior official of the US State Department stated, "We have warned the Iraqi government many times, and we've shared information with them to try to work with them to carry out their responsibility to protect us as their invited guests."
Ostensibly, President Salih ordered a cease of any air or land-based missions in the country with Iraq's Joint Operations Command (JOC) that are not approved by the government. Vigorously, Iraq displays dissent over US military bases in the nation as support for the PMU offsets deteriorating relations with the US. Specifically, Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) said in a statement, "The air strikes by the American terrorists
on Hashd al-Sha’abi bases... constitute a violation of national sovereignty of this country (Iraq) and once again showed that the US is the main reason behind insecurity, chaos, tension and warmongering in this region." Therefore, tensions in Iraq have a major impact on regional stability as economic recovery accelerates.
Iran, Russia and China Bolster Military Cooperation
SF Bay Area, CA – Regionally, naval cooperation between Iran, Russia and China has become recognized as The Big Three while joint military drills reduce new security threats. Purposely, Iran's Brigadier General Ebrahim Dehqani mentioned, "Our friends will be assured [through these drills] that the maritime security can be established by the Islamic Republic of Iran and its allies and there is no need for the presence of foreign forces, especially Americans, in the region." Furthermore,
Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif added, "This joint exercise shows that Iran is willing to cooperate [with other countries] to ensure the security and the free passage of maritime traffic in the important international waterway of Hormuz." Instinctively, the Big Three naval drills thwart increasing US military threats of regional instability.
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Iran and Afghanistan Stabilizes Border with New Railroad
SF Bay Area, CA – Readily, Iran is preparing for expansion from the new railroad to Afghanistan which stabilizes several border towns between the two nations. Actually, the railroad brings the two towns of Khaf, Iran and Herat, Afghanistan together and is named the Khaf-Herat railway. Presently, the Khaf-Herat railway has a distance of 191 km and establishes new rail transportation for the two nations. Meanwhile, security issues are growing over the occupation of US troops in both Afghanistan and Iraq which
has impacted the opening of the railroad. Moreover, US trade embargoes and sanctions against Iran intensify regional tensions against the US and its allies.
Yet, the Afghanistan government has participated in peace talks with the Taliban which builds the framework for an agreement on government reform. Steadily, the Afghan government awaits for a cease-fire agreement to be reached with the Taliban.
Openly, advisor Waheed Omer adviser to Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said, "We’ve clearly communicated our stance. A cease-fire is a precondition for us. It’s upon the Taliban to make up their minds. We can’t comment on speculation and rumors." Resolutely, Iran is expanding its domestic railway network which aims to boost trade with neighboring Afghanistan among others while overcoming rising security threats. Expectedly, Afghanistan is planning for the railway opening of a key corridor between the port city of Chabahar on the Sea of Oman to Zahedan, near the border.
Overall, Iran's railway system is designed to expand trade beyond the Indian Ocean into Central Asia via Iran and Afghanistan.
Region 4 - Western Division (Tijuana)
Venezuela Remains Impacted from Brazil's Economic Recovery
SF Bay Area, CA – Erratically, the town of Lara, Venezuela is spiraling in chaos over the ominous situation occurring from years of monetary easing. Economically, Venezuela is suffering the most in Latin America as power outages create irregular waiting lines for fuel among other threats. Moreover, the chaos has multiplied into several cities in Venezuela such as in Barquisimeto where residents are dealing with the spread of total darkness. Politically, adversity in Latin America magnifies the situation as the US vows for regime change in Venezuela to disrupt relations with Brazil. Furthermore,
Venezuela remains impacted with Brazil's economic recovery from monetary easing policies which has fueled de-dollarization.
Meanwhile, Bolivia is uniting with the Lima Group which has formed in Latin America to find solutions to the widespread chaos in Venezuela. Recently, the Bolivian government announced in a statement, "The Bolivian Foreign Ministry announces Bolivia’s accession to the Lima Group."
Tenaciously, the statement added that Bolivia is seeking to, "contribute to finding a peaceful, democratic and constitutional solution to the crisis in Venezuela, which must be led by the Venezuelan people." Progressively, the Lima Group formed in mid-2017 as a 12-nation bloc of members from Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay and Peru to end the chaos in Venezuela. Maliciously, the US is sabotaging its ties with Brazil over monetary easing while seeking regime change in Venezuela. Notably, Venezuela's Communications Minister Jorge Rodríguez
mentioned that a recent attack on its military base was orchestrated in Brazil. Keenly, he indicated on Twitter, "criminals were trained in fully identified paramilitary camps in Colombia, and received the cunning collaboration of Jair Bolsonaro’s government."
The IBOVESPA Expanding from New IPO's in Brazil
SF Bay Area, CA – Aggressively, Brazil's IBOVESPA index expands from new IPO's which lead the beginning of this year gains in Brazil's robust market. Fiscally, in 2019 investors of Brazilian IPO's outpaced returns from the main exchange which averaged around 33% on the year. Particularly, sportswear retailer Centauro (CNTO3) gains rose to 185% in 2019 as the consumer goods sector of Brazil's economy accumulates momentum. Appropriately, a Credit Suisse analysts stated, "We continue to see strong profit growth for Centauro in the next quarters and years if the optimal execution of its growth plan is confirmed.
The valuation levels of the consumer sector in Brazil are stretched and Centauro shows up as a "less stretched" share in P/E [price/profit]."
Politically, Brazil faces major obstacles from its level of debt accrued over the period of monetary easing in the US. Moreover, Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro is embattled from extreme far-right ideology which in some cases threaten to overthrow the government.
Skillfully, Brazil must face a regional economic crossroad from investor's in higher yield markets and the capitalization needs of its corporations. Seemingly, Brazil's consumer goods sector is among the most diversified in the flourishing economy. Likewise, Brazil's small-sized business sector is accelerating in the sensitive markets left behind from ongoing political fallout. Readily, the director of customer relations for the Brazil Stock Exchange (BSE) Felipe Paiva mentioned, "We have been sought by many small-sized companies that want to understand how they can access the market and today there is a favorable environment
for these offers to succeed." Productively, Brazil is overstepping the political problems overshadowing years of US monetary easing and fiscal madness.
Cocaine Trafficking Accelerates in South America
SF Bay Area, CA – Deliberately, cocaine trafficking has accelerated in Uruguay as an economic recession lingers in the US. Geographically, Uruguay has become a new hub for cocaine trafficking into select areas of Belgium. Reportedly, authorities in Uruguay have seized over six tons of cocaine in its capital the port city of Montevideo. Approximately, four shipments of cocaine worth over $1 billion have been discovered while trafficking into Togo emerged from the seizure to Belgium. Keenly, authorities have found information from various truck drivers in the capital port city as cocaine trafficking has accelerated. Meanwhile, four and a half tons of cocaine
were seized in the port of Hamburg as part of the crackdown in Uruguay.
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Region 5 - Central Division (Johannesburg)
The Arab League Intervenes in Libyan Crisis
SF Bay Area, CA – Attentively, the Arab League expressed support for Libya against foreign intervention in the civil unrest which threatens the nation's sovereignty. Moreover, the Arab League has indicated that any foreign intervention in Libya facilitates a spurt of extreme terror networks from foreign militias. Particularly, Turkey has signaled its willingness for military action in thwarting any threat of new terror networks in Libya. Meanwhile, Libya's armed forces remain partial towards the political
crisis in the nation. Hastily, General Khalifa Haftar of the Libyan National Army has fought to overthrow the government which faces a crossroad from regional military tensions.
Solemnly, Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi stated, "Cairo's stance on the Libyan crisis is clear as it is focused on restoring safety and stability in Libya, supporting anti-terrorism efforts, undermining the activities of armed groups and putting an end to the illegal foreign interference in Libya's domestic affairs."
Perceptibly, the Arab League is rallying with the Libyan National Army to safeguard regional unity and natural resources whereas the government of Libya faces intense rebellion. Clearly, Libya's Government of National Accord (GNA) requested for Turkey's assistance which places allied troops near Libya's border. Altogether, Libya is at a domestic crossroad from the attempt of the Libyan National Army to ouster its government while expanding regional ties. Appropriately, the Arab League issued a statement
on the Libyan crisis stating, "We affirm the necessity of stopping military conflict, with political settlement being the only solution to restore peace and security in Libya and eliminate terrorism."
Egypt Expands Scientific Research on the Suez Canal
SF Bay Area, CA – Expressively, Egypt has identified its tourism industry as key for expansion of the Suez Canal Economic Zone. Importantly, scientific research in Egypt's Pharaonic antiquities create a vast of inspiration for young enthusiasts. Significantly, ancient trade routes which remain intact along the Suez Canal invigorates regional stability from Egypt's tourism sector. Adamantly, Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi is promoting the expansion of the Suez Canal Economic Zone while ordering select artifacts
to be placed in Tahrir Square which is located in downtown Cairo. Secondly, the president ordered for state institutions to undertake new development projects along the Suez Canal.
Instinctively, Egypt's Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research announced the development of 35 desalination plants in Egypt. Scientifically, Egypt ranks 1st in Africa and 11th in the world for published scientific research in the field of water desalination techniques.
Additionally, Egypt granted 135 patents to researchers in fields such as avian flu vaccines, production of bio-diesel and bio-jet fuels, genetically enhanced animals and the treatment of wastewater. Moreover, Egypt has launched 63 technology firms as part of its national strategy for artificial intelligence. Meanwhile, Egypt has formed several partnerships in the engineering, education and the scientific research sectors of its economy which accelerates growth for the Suez Canal Economic Zone. Furthermore, the expansion
of the Suez Canal Economic Zone with scientific research prepares a new generation of inspired and innovative entrepreneurs.
New Johannesburg Mayor Strengthens Support for ANC
SF Bay Area, CA – Politically, Johannesburg has shifted towards the ANC with the election of its branch chairperson Geoff Makhubo as city mayor. Nationally, the ANC is strengthened from Johannesburg's city council which invigorates its economic hub. Publicly, opposition to the ANC is flaring over the loss of mayorship from the Democratic Alliance (DA). Frigidly, the deputy president Floyd Shivambu of the EFF coalition led by the DA stated in response to the election, "We will not hand over the purse of Geoff Makhubo.
He is not to be trusted with the finances of the city. That is why we told the ANC, ‘anyone else but Geoff’." Readily, Makhubo has been released to serve the city of Johannesburg as mayor until 2021.
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